Economic Development of British Colonial America part of Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
Through a close study of a rich set of demographic and economic statistics, students will see the development over 150 years of two similar yet divergent colonies (Virginia and Barbados). They will work through population, land use, and trade statistics with closely-guiding questions in order to find links between one set of numbers and another. As part of the class preparation, the students will figure out what each set of statistics is measuring. In class, the students will work cooperatively to figure out how each set of numbers answers an important question about the development of the British plantation colonies. Finally, students will write a 500-word paper that draws together and analyzes their findings. A detailed description of the questions and writing assignment is provided.